Russia: Turkey ‘rewarded’ by EU when others would be ‘punished’ – Zakharova






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Moscow will “continue to anxiously observe the deteriorating situation of media freedom in Turkey,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson said, speaking from Moscow on Thursday.

SOT, Maria Zakharova, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia (Russian): “Despite the fact that we have already commented on this issue, I would like to say a few words regarding the chief editor of Sputnik Turkey being forced out by the Turkish authorities. I just want to say that everything that is currently happening in Turkey not only concerns Russia. We continue to anxiously observe the deteriorating situation of media freedom in Turkey.”

SOT, Maria Zakharova, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia (Russian): “Despite the fact that not only Turkish and Russian journalists, but also journalists, public figures and publicists from European countries, are being persecuted and intimidated by the [Turkish] enforcement bodies, we see zero pressure on this country by EU countries”.

SOT, Maria Zakharova, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia (Russian): “Moreover, we hear that it is necessary to assist Turkey over issues of integration, as well as on issues of the visa-free regime and so on. In other words, Turkey is being rewarded for something that other countries are punished for. This situation is incredible.”

SOT, Maria Zakharova, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia (Russian): “Of course these actions are in line with a common tendency of repression of free speech in Turkey. Ankara is not too soft about this, it feels free, and it sees that it not only gets away with it, but that everything is under its pressure. Therefore I would like to ask what kind of instruments are used by the [Turkish] authorities to bend to its will leading European politicians?”

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